US Claims Al Qaeda Ordered Failed Subway Attack in 2008

A federal prosecutor revealed more details about a planned attack on the New York City subway system from 2008. Three men from Queens, one of New York’s burroughs, are charged with planning the attack. The prosecution has now revealed that the three men traveled to Pakistan in 2008, planning to cross into Afghanistan, joining the Taliban, and hopefully killing American soldiers.

Instead of joining the Taliban, the men eventually encountered two of Al Qaeda’s operatives, who urged the men to carry out an attack in the United States. Al Qaeda told the three men that their knowledge of New York City could help them carry out an attack. At least one of them has been cooperating with federal prosecutors.

Government Says Al Qaeda Ordered N.Y. Plot | The New York Times

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